WARNING: Spoiler Alert
What follows below is a delightfully inexpert recap in preparation for tonight’s episode 2. As a bonus, here’s a very good argument as to why you probably don’t want to invite Jon Snow to your dinner party, even if he is kinda cute in that lost puppy sort of way:
After keeping people tuned in for the long months between June and April with such light fare as True Detective, Going Clear and The Jinx (which absolutely no one saw or spent hours discussing), HBO’s much loved and totally family-friendly Game of Thrones returned last week for its fifth season. If you're playing catch up, here's a quick recap of where we left our favorite (or most despised) characters last season:
Sansa Stark, now a brunette, is hiding out in the Eyrie with her annoying cousin Robin and the unflappable and possibly Most Evil of All Lord Petyr Baelish, aka Little Finger. Baelish has recently killed Sansa’s Aunt and Robin’s mother, Lysa Arryn, by pushing her out the Moon Door, just after he married her. While Sansa is adjusting to her new family situation, her younger sister, Arya, just let the Hound die a slow and painful death at the hands of Brienne of Tarth, who was accompanied by Podrick Payne. Arya dodged Brienne’s attempts to help bring her home, as Arya is now (rightly) suspicious of pretty much every human, and just purchased passage on a ship bound for Braavos, a trip made possible by the special coin she received from Jaqen H’ghar and the phrase “valar morghulis.”
Their half-brother, Jon Snow, is still up at the Wall, where he helped defend Westeros against the onslaught of Mance Rayder’s army of Wildlings, which included his special lady friend, Ygritte, who died in his arms after being shot by a child. Like you do. The Brothers of the Night’s Watch held the Wall until Stannis Baratheon and his army – thankfully without that bloodthirsty pyromaniac Melisandre - arrived to stamp out the invasion from the Free Men beyond the wall. Speaking of beyond the wall, Bran Stark, accompanied by Meera Reed and Hodor, has just made it to the Godswood of his visions, where they were saved by a Child of the Forest.
U2 fans across the globe are uniting in an attempt to hear rare or never before performed music, when the Irish rock band embarks on their “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour next month. Beginning on Tuesday, April 14, U2 fans took to Twitter and Facebook to request songs they would like to hear in concert. While the movement isn’t being facilitated by, nor has any affiliation with, U2, the person or group behind the campaign is keeping things structured with specific guidelines to adhere to when requesting songs.
While fans are allowed to request as many songs as they want, they may only include one song per tweet. Also, all tweets must include the hashtag #U2Request and cannot include any additional text, unless it is another hashtag pertaining to U2, such as #U2 or #U2IETour. Folks are also encouraged to favorite and retweet other people’s song requests. According to the campaign's Facebook event page, voting will wrap up on May 14, the day of the first concert, and all of information collected will be published; presumably so fans (and hopefully U2) will see what the most popular requests were. To check out the full list of guidelines check out the turquoise image attached to the tweet below:
Fifty-three years is a long time to stick with anything - or anyone - and with the launch of their 2015 ZIP CODE Tour, The Rolling Stones show no signs of letting up. The tour, scheduled to support the remastered edition of 1971's killer Sticky Fingers, will see the band playing stadiums across the U.S. So in honor of Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie hitting the road again this summer and fall, we're looking back at the best Stones songs through the decades.
1960s - "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968) from the album Beggar's Banquet
Sure, they came on the scene with much more family-friendly fare in 1962, but the Rolling Stones quickly separated themselves from that other group from across the pond as the "bad boys" of British rock. "Sympathy for the Devil" perfectly captures just how much they embraced their reputation while staying true to their blues-inflected rock roots. Iconic not only for its musicality but its subject matter, the song had folks clutching their pearls across the globe. After already causing a stir with earlier sexually "explicit" (for the day) tunes like "Let's Spend the Night Together" and rumored Satanism in the group, "Sympathy for the Devil" was a bit of Mick thumbing his nose at critics. Allegedly, the tune was also inspired by the works of Baudelaire, which underscores just how bright the members of the Stones really are - Jagger was a student of business at the famed London School of Economics until that whole music thing really took off.
Written by Jordan Wells & Courtney King
Creepy Jeopardy! Moment
Recently the popular game show Jeopardy! featured a very awkward moment, thanks to one man’s creepy incorrect answer. The clue, which one can argue wasn’t worded very well was “In common law, the age of this, signaling adulthood, is presumed to be 14 in boys and 12 in girls," to which the contestant unfortunately answered “What is the age of consent?” If you were wondering, the answer host Alex Trebek was looking for was “puberty.” I’m going to give this guy the benefit of the doubt and just hope he wasn’t thinking clearly in the moments before disclosing his answer for all of America to hear.
From the dawn of time, humans have created music. And shortly thereafter (just after the birth of the critic, according to Mel Brooks), we started misunderstanding lyrics. From Bob Dylan to Nirvana and beyond, here is a quick timeline of ten of our favorite - and funniest - misheard lyrics from rock music.
Bob Dylan, "Blowin' in the Wind"
Actual lyrics are: "The answers, my friend, are blowin' in the wind."
Neil Diamond (written for The Monkees), "I'm a Believer"
Actual lyrics are: "Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer!" And Neil Diamond is on tour currently, so you can go and listen for yourself! [Author's Note: It's in the title of the song... how'd you mishear that?]